You may have heard it before but in case you haven’t, let me be the first to tell you, God really has a thing for meek people.
1 Peter 3:4
“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”
Meekness is one of the simple things that most of us would never expect to be one of the best qualities about ourselves.
Yet what does it mean to be meek?
One modern definition of meekness is “having or showing a quiet and gentle nature/not wanting to fight or argue with other people”.
I think we can all agree that this definition makes sense for our purposes of explaining the type of meekness that God wants us to have.
God obviously wouldn’t want us to hate and rebuke as we naturally feel inclined to do whenever they rub us the wrong way.
God wants us to love and be patient with one another just as he does for us.
And in this, the goodness of meekness in our lives comes to the surface.
Meekness allows us to do those things with much less difficulty by giving us a means of preventing our own anger and frustration from distracting us from doing what God has called us to do, to love and to be peaceful.
When we are meek, we listen first and speak second.
When we are meek, we work not for the glory of ourselves but for the glory of something greater.
When we are meek, we would much rather serve than be served ourselves.
When we are meek, we are quick to put others before ourselves.
God favors the meek because it is only in meekness that a person can truly more perfectly reflect the love of God all around him.
And in light of 1 John 4:8, that’s really saying a lot.
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Oh… what… you’re still here?
All of the above is almost 300 words you know, you’ve really come far!
Well while you’re still here, let me discuss one of the most pressing problems of trying to practice meekness in our lives…
This world of men HATES meekness.
A man who avoids fighting and confrontation isn’t considered manly.
A man who has a quiet and gentle nature isn’t considered strong.
A man who favors humility and meekness over strength and ambition, for all intents and purposes, isn’t really considered to be a ‘man’ at all, just wimp or a pushover.
Our idea of manliness is the exact opposite of meekness.
And considering that meekness is one of the qualities God values the most about us, that’s a pretty big problem.
You know the saying, “it’s a dog eat dog world out there”.
Thing is, in a world that thinks as God does, the exact opposite is true.
In a world that favors meekness and humility over bravado and intimidation, peace prevails forever and wars aren’t fought with guns and bullets but with words and feelings.
In our world, our self-image, our sense of inner-strength, our wit and keen senses, and yes, our need to be considered ‘strong’ and ‘manly’ are all the direct enemies of the meekness the Lord finds favor in.
I personally struggle with this all the time.
So often I have to be careful to remind myself that in spite of all the things that I can and have accomplished…
I am Nothing.
God favors the meek not just because meekness allows us to love others as he loves us, God favors the meek because only in meekness can we remain the farthest possible distance from the one sin that can ruin us forever, pride.
This is a world that favors pride over meekness.
This is a world that ensures its own destruction.
18 Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
When we turn in disgust from the image of meekness, we simultaneously find favor in the image of pride.
And pride can only drag us down (just ask the fallen angel).
So put meekness before pride in your speech, appearance, and thoughts.
The idea that a lifestyle of meekness and humility will only lead to meaningless hardship is a lie that man created to convince himself that God is easy to follow.
The truth is written all over Matthew 5:5,
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
Live a life of meekness and I assure you, God will make it worth your while.
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(For real this time…)